Spa Garden

Common Name  Latin Name  (parts used) Uses 
Oats Avena sativa (Seeds)
Face Mask – Mix together 4 T oatmeal & 4 T milk. Let thicken then apply to face. Relax for 20 minutes then rinse with warm water.
Foot Scrub – Mix ¼ c oatmeal, ¼ c cornmeal, and 1 T sea salt. Scrub mixture onto feet. Rinse, dry and apply moisturizer.
Mustard Brassica hirta (Seeds)
Bath – Add 4 T baking soda and 1 T powdered mustard seed to bath water to open pores. Can add other essential oils.
Foot Soak – Add mustard seed to any foot soak to open pores and soften skin
Calendula Calendula officinalis (Flowers)
Face Steam – Bring 2-3 quarts of water to boil. Add 2 parts calendula flowers, 2 parts chamomile flowers, 2 parts rose petals and 1 part lavendar flowers.
Simmer. Remove from heat. Once steam is comfortable, tent head and lean over pan for no more than five minutes.
Chamomile Chamaemelum nobile (Flowers)

Face Steam – Add to face steams (See calendula).
Hair Rinse (for dark hair) – Make a tea using 2 c water and ¼ c chamomile flowers. Once cool, strain and use liquid as final rinse for hair.
Puffy Eyes – Apply used chamomile teabags to soothe red, puffy eyes.

Cucumbers Cucumis sativus (Fruit)
Astringent – Use ½ of peeled cucumber and blend until smooth. Apply to face. Relax for 10 minutes and rinse off.
Puffy Eyes – Put a slice of cucumber over each eye. Relax for 15 minutes then remove.
Lemongrass Cymbopogon citratu (Leaves)

Foot Soak – Add lemongrass leaves to a basin filled with hot water. When water cools to a comfortable temperature, soak feet for 15 minutes. Dry feet
and apply moisturizer. Blends well with lavender, mints or lemon balm.

Eucalyptus Eucalyptus radiata (Leaves)
Bath (for flu or cold) – In cloth bag mix 2 parts lavender flowers/leaves, 2 parts
rosemary leaves, 1 part ginger root powder and 2 parts dried eucalyptus leaves. Hang bag under tap while filling tub with water. Squeeze bag. Soak. (Bag can also be used as a scrub)
Foot Soak – Add to lemongrass foot soak. Add lemongrass leaves to a basin filled with hot water. When water cools to a comfortable temperature, soak feet for 15 minutes. Dry feet and apply moisturizer. Blends well with lavender, mints or lemon balm.
Strawberry Fragaria ×ananassa
(garden strawberry)Fragaria vesca
(alpine strawberry)
(Fruit)

Face Mask – For smooth soft skin, rub ½ large strawberry over face. Let sit for a few minutes then rinse.

Hair conditioner – Mix 5 mashed strawberries and 1 T mayonnaise. Massage into towel dried hair and cover for 10 minutes. Shampoo as usual.

Witch Hazel Hamamelis
virginiana
(Bark, Leaves, Twigs)

Astringent – Use over face. Use after showering to seal in moisture. Soak a cloth and place over varicose veins to reduce their appearance.

Lavendar Lavandula
angustifolia
(Flowers, Sometimes Leaves)

Face Steam – Add to face steams (See calendula).
Foot Soak – Add to foot soaks (See lemongrass). Blends well with peppermint.

Lemon Balm Melissa officinalis (Leaves)
Foot Soak – Add to foot soaks (See lemongrass). Blends well with lavendar
and lemongrass.
Tea – Add 1-2 tsp dried, crushed lemon balm leaves to 1 c water for a very
relaxing tea while enjoying spa day!
Mint Mentha spp. (Leaves)
Foot Rub – Mix crushed leaves (can substitute mint essential oil) with Aloe
vera. Rub into feet. Put on cotton socks and let absorb for 20 minutes.
Foot Soak – Add to foot soaks (See lemongrass).
Catnip Nepeta cataria (Leaves)
Foot Soak – Add to foot soaks (See lemongrass). Use with lavender and
mustard.
Roses Rosa spp. (Flowers, Fruit/Hips)
Face Mask – Soak a handful of hips in distilled water overnight to soften. Then
blend with water to get a paste of consistency. Spread onto face and relax. Rinse, dry and apply moisturizer. The paste also makes a wonderful spread on
crackers with cream cheese!
Face Steam – Add to face steams (See calendula).
Rosemary Rosmarinus
officinalis
(Leaves)

Hair Rinse (for dark hair) – Make a tea using 2 c water and ¼ c rosemary leaves. Once cool, strain and use liquid as a final rinse for hair.

Sage Salvia officinalis (Leaves)
Foot Soak – Add to foot soaks (See lemongrass). Acts as an antiperspirant and deodorizer.